Mr. Speaker, a few days ago, a seven (7) member delegation from the Akuapem Traditional Council led by Osahene Offei Kwasi Agyemang IV, Krontihene of Akuapem, on behalf of the Akuapem Traditional Council and in particular the Gyase Division called on you to formally, and in accordance with custom and practice, inform you and the House with regard to the death of the late Oyeeman Wereko Ampem II, Gyasehene of Akuapem and the Chief of Amanokrom which is within my constituency, Akropong constituency. I am therefore grateful to Mr. Speaker for allowing me to make a statement in respect of Oyeeman's death.
Mr. Speaker, Oyeeman was an eminent chief. He was widely respected not just within my constituency, nor the Eastern Region alone but throughout the entire country and even beyond. He can best be described as an elder Statesman and progressive Leader, who when stretched to his wit's and, managed to maintain calmness and focus. Oyeeman did not content himself as a traditional ruler of repute, he became the Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon. Prior to his appointment, the position of the Chancellor had been held exclusively by
Heads of State.
Mr. Speaker, Oyeeman in private life was known as E. N. Omaboe. He was a renowned, talented and pragmatic Economist who had a natural knack for his job. He was also a Statistician. Indeed, he was the first Ghanaian Government Statistician.
It is significant to note that Oyeeman, during the National Liberation Council Administration became Commissioner for Economic Affairs, a position in which he creditably distinguished himself. If ever there was a hard working fellow that excelled and walked the surface of this planet, it was Oyeeman; ever energetic , ever truly humble, ever committed, devoted, loyal and faithful, ever smiling, ever vivacious, ever friendly, ever ready to help and assist without prompting and ever insightful.
If there was any fellow who would respond to the hypothetical question in Proverbs 20:6 which reads:
“Most men will proclaim each his own goodness
But who can find a faithful man?”
That man was Oyeeman. Ever principled and disciplined and ever walked through his promise.
As a result of his excellence in life and his truthfulness, he was the recipient of the Grand Medal of the Republic of Ghana (Civil Division). A devout member of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, he denied himself and picked his cross to daily follow Jesus as enjoined in Luke 9:23.
Mr. Speaker, Oyeeman's life was filled with several sterling achievements both
within Ghana and beyond, and stand as a model for all Ghanaians, young and old. He truly exhibited these qualities both in the public service where he spent a significant proportion of his professional career, and the private sector, where he was equally active after he retired from public service.
Oyeeman was a well known Chief Patron of Accra Hearts of Oak football club. He was the Chairman of Barclays Bank Ghana Limited, ENOA, Lintas Ghana Limited, Reiss & Co Limited and many other corporate bodies and institutions in addition to his own group of companies which contributed to the economic growth of the country. He was a former President of Achimota Golf Club. Oyeeman also served the United Nations in various capacities during his life. Notably, he was Emeritus member and subsequently, Chairman of the United Nations Investment Committee, which manages the UN Staff Pension Fund that stood at approximately USD 26 billion at the time of his retirement, barely a year ago.
Mr. Speaker, as a traditional ruler, Oyeeman was committed to peace, stability and unity among his people, and was extremely keen to foster real development among Akuapem Gyaseman in particular and the Akuapem State as a whole. During his 30 year rule, Oyeeman was noted for initiating and completing several development projects within the Gyase division, of the Akuapem Traditional Area. These were undertaken with support from himself and a wide range of well-wishers and benefactors. Notably, he established an Education Foundation to support the excluded and needy but brilliant and promising pupils and students.
Mr. Speaker, today, a great oak tree has fallen; we have lost a rare gem. Oyeeman